Articles for Professionals

Biblio and Film Therapy

by Edward R. Amend "My child just doesn’t seem motivated! What can I do to help him see that he is wasting opportunities?" As a psychologist, I hear this presenting concern quite frequently from parents of gifted children. It always reminds me of something I was told...

Misdiagnosis

by Ruth Carlstrom The many faces of the gifted, to borrow the theme of the 2003 SENG Conference, can cause what has been labeled a modern tragedy. Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults is a book, hot off the press, which addresses this. The...

Mental Health Care

by Nadia Webb Yesterday the parents of a profoundly gifted boy told me that I had spent more time talking with them than with the prior three specialists they had seen combined. We had just crossed the 90-minute mark when they said this. By the end of the two-day...

Asynchronous Development

Asynchronous Development by Jean Goerss “I don’t want to be gifted, Mom! I hate school!” cried my son after a particularly hard day. What makes a child want to deny who he is? “He has to learn to deal with all kinds of people and situations eventually. You are being...

Parenting Twice-Exceptional Children

by Dina Brulles Nothing has ever been easy with David. Nothing. Ever. David is a nice kid. He is smart and quiet. He blends in well enough that not many people, including teachers, notice the learning difficulties he has. He does not usually draw attention to himself;...

Making Sense of IQ

by Nadia Webb IQ tests measure a broad range of problem solving skills. The scores are fairly useful in predicting academic and job performance, as well as physical health and income. However, IQ tests are intrinsically incomplete. “The number” leaves out intellectual...

Focus on Learning

by Wenda Sheard Each school year brings new expectations. All over the world, parents and teachers tell children “earn good grades” and “do your best” in school. In the case of gifted children, however, giving such advice can be problematic. In this article, I’ll...

Homework: The Good and the Bad

by Linda Neumann Homework can serve a meaningful role, and it should enhance your child’s learning experience. Appropriate homework will not steal away family fun time and can even strengthen a partnership between parents and teachers. So, why might a parent feel that...

Teaching Gifted Learners to Manage Stress in High School

by Elizabeth Shaunessy Stress can be experienced by gifted high school students who are often guided to take rigorous academic preparation, such as the International Baccalaureate Program, Advanced Placement, and dual enrollment in college while concurrently in high...

A September Secret

by Heidi Molbak Dear Teacher, I’m excited about being in your class this year.  I love it when you smile at all of us, when you read us stories, and when you give us interesting projects to do.  I love going to the library with everyone in our class, and I look...

A Tour of Learning Diversity

by Wenda Sheard For the past six months I've been working full time as a research specialist exploring the educational and workforce lives of people with disabilities. Some people might question how a person deeply committed to the unique social and emotional needs of...

Early Career Planning For Gifted Youth: An All-Too-Often Neglected Art

by Steven Pfeiffer One of the early and hallmark defining characteristics of being gifted is precocity. A great many young gifted children speak early, read early, can solve problems more typical of older children, and tend to enjoy interacting with older peers and...

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